Welcome to Aspire Counseling
Do you feel stuck??
Are you stressed and anxious??
Is something holding you back??
We can help.
Life is hard, and sometimes it can even knock you off your feet. It’s hard to even imagine that things can be better. You may not even know what it would mean to “move forward.” We offer compassionate and effective mental health counseling in Columbia, MO.
You don’t have to live this way. Healing is possible. We are a counseling clinic with therapists who can help you with everything from trauma to depression, beginning college to test anxiety, divorce to gender transitions, depression to grief. You can get unstuck. Through counseling, you can begin to find find yourself and look at the world around you in a new way.
Who Does Aspire Counseling Help?
The compassionate, skilled mental health counselors at Aspire Counseling help individuals improve their mental health.We have therapists who cover a lot of issues! Our clinical director specializes in working with survivors of sexual assault, individuals recovering from other types of traumas, anxiety and college students in general. However, as the practice has grown she has added therapist with other areas of expertise. We are proud to help a wide variety of clients. Each of our therapists has their own “niche” or specialty area. This means that each therapist has attended extra trainings, read books and gained experience with specific mental health concerns. We will always do our best to make sure that you are placed with the therapist who is the best match for you.
Whether you’re haunted by traumatic memories, lost in grief, or frozen by fear and anxiety, we have a therapist who can help. You don’t have to be alone in this journey. If your mental health issue doesn’t fall into any of the categories discussed on our website, reach out anyway. Our intake coordinator or director will respond and help you either get started with a therapist at Aspire Counseling or point you in the direction of other helpful resources in the Mid Missouri area.
Evidence Based Counseling Practice: What Sets Aspire Counseling Apart
At Aspire Counseling, you receive evidence based counseling services provided in a comfortable, healing atmosphere. Evidence based treatment means that we consider three important factors when creating your treatment plan: the best available research, the clinical expertise of each therapist and YOUR values, priorities and wishes as the client. Our therapists are all trained in at least two types of treatment that are well supported by research.
Aspire Counseling mental health professionals are each an expert in the treatment they provide. Each therapist is passionate about specific mental health issues. Therapists have focused their training, reading and practice on becoming an expert in those areas. We ask questions in our initial phone call about why you are coming to treatment, because we will match you with a therapist whose specialty is the best match for your needs. Aspire Counseling therapists are able to explain why we think a certain treatment approach will help you, and we keep up to date with the professional literature about our specialties.
However, the most important part of the equation at Aspire Counseling is YOU. We care about the needs of our clients and recognize that every person is different. Your therapist will spend the first session just trying to get to know you. Counseling revolves around what you want, need and value. We may recommend a specific mental health intervention based on research and our experience. However, if you want to try something else, we will respect that. As the client, your values and goals matter. From our very first phone call, you know you are an equal in the healing process. Your role as your therapist’s partner continues throughout the counseling journey.
Counseling in Columbia MO
Aspire Counseling is proud to call Columbia, MO home! We built our counseling practice in Columbia, MO because we love the Mid Missouri area, the people, and the families. That’s why we’re trying to make it better, with you. We can help you get unstuck, find a sense of peace and move forward in a way that is consistent with the values that are most important to you. Are you ready to begin your journey to emotional freedom?
A safe space awaits you in our office. We’ll tailor our counseling sessions to address your unique mental health challenges while using strategies that are well researched and effective. Your therapist will help you create a life worth living and help you live it to the fullest.
Are you ready to get unstuck and begin to find emotional freedom? Healing starts here.
We’re ready when you are! Contact us today and let’s get to work.
Jennie Bedsworth MSW, LCSWAnxiety, PTSD, Complicated Grief & LGBTQ Affirming
Ben Shartman, PLPCGrief, loss, life transitions, anxiety, depression, Borderline Personality Disorder
Joni Perry, MS, PLPCTrauma & PTSD, Emotional Disturbance, Substance Abuse & Professionals who feel "stuck"
Stephenie Carlson, LCSWTrauma & PTSD, eating disorders, gender dysphoria & mood disorders
Jessica Tappana, MSW, LCSWTrauma & PTSD, survivors of sexual violence, college adjustment & anxiety
Our Office Location
Our counseling clinic is located off Providence only minutes from Rock Bridge High School, the University of Missouri and downtown Columbia. We strive to make our office a comfortable place including comfortable seating, relaxing activities and a hospitality table full of beverages and small snacks. We also have a meditation room for client and family use!
Frequently Asked Questions
Have you thought about starting therapy but have some questions? Here are answers to some of the most common questions we are asked by people looking for counseling in the Mid Missouri area.
Our mental health blog includes information about mental health in general, anxiety, trauma, grief and stress management. Feel free to e-mail us topic ideas for future mental health blog posts!